Check Out These Music Festivals in NYC This Summer

By Ben Fractenberg on May 23, 2014 6:54am 

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 Summer music festivals taking place in and around New York City include the Electric Daisy Carnival, Governors Ball and Afro Punk Festival. 
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Electric Daisy Carnival, May 24-25, MetLife Stadium

The summer music festival season kicks off with an electronic event at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Electric Daisy Carnival will be happening May 24 and May 25. Featured performers include John Digweed, Tiesto and Damian Lazarus.

In addition to the music, there will be art installations, carnival rides and plenty of people dressed in wild costumes.

Two-day tickets are selling for $376 on Ticketmaster and single day are $148.

Mysteryland Festival, May 24-25, Bethel, New York

Another electronic festival is taking place over Memorial Day Weekend at the site of the original Woodstock Festival.

Mysteryland will be the first large-scale music festival with camping to take place at the legendary grounds since 1969. The line-up includes Steve Aoki, Kaskade and Moby.

Shuttle service will be provided from Grand Central and Newark Airport throughout the weekend.

Weekend tickets with camping start at $278. Shuttle service is $65.

NYC Pop Fest, May 29-June 1, various city venues

Fans of twee indie rock won’t want to miss the NYC Pop Fest, taking place at various venues across the city May 29 through June 1. This year’s festival includes classic bands like Rocketship and The Flatmates, along with newbies like Heathers and Marine Life.

A four-day festival pass is $60 and individual shows start at $15. The full line-up of bands and venues can be found here.

Governors Ball,  June 6-8, Randall’s Island

Governors Ball is back for another year on Randall’s Island and the line-up is impressive. Headliners include a reunited Outkast, Vampire Weekend, The Strokes, Phoenix and Jack White.

Regular (read: non-VIP) single-day tickets for Saturday and Sunday are already sold out, but you can get a three-day pass for $230 or VIP tickets for $500. Three-day ferry service is $55 and the Brooklyn shuttle is $65.

Mountain Jam, June 5-8, Hunter Mountain

If you’d rather escape the city heat for cool upstate breezes, you can camp out at Mountain Jam in the Catskills. The four-day festival is taking place about two hours north of the city on Hunter Mountain. A four-day pass with camping starts at $259.

The line-up has some jam band perennials like Bob Weir & Ratdog and Gov’t Mule, along with more indie pleasing acts like Blitzen Trapper and Jeff Tweedy. The Allman Brothers Band is headlining, closing out the festival on Sunday night.

Additional activities include rides on the ski slope’s chair lifts and morning yoga.

Blue Note Jazz Festival, June 1-30, various city venues

If listening to late-night jazz sessions in cavernous, smoke-filled rooms is more your thing the Blue Note Jazz Festival is taking place the entire month of June at different locations throughout the city.

Highlights include Sergio Mendes on June 7 at the B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, Aretha Franklin on June 14 and 15 at Radio City Music Hall and Bobby McFerrin with Questlove on June 13 at The Town Hall.

Tickets are being sold individually for each show.

Northside Festival June 12-19, Williamsburg and Greenpoint

Brooklyn’s Northside Festival packs 400 bands, films and speakers into the eight-day extravaganza at venues across Williamsburg and Greenpoint.

The War on Drugs will play an outdoor show on June 13 at 50 Kent. Beirut will be doing another outdoor show at the same location the next night. Other bands set to play are CHRVCHES, Titus Andronicus, Beach Fossils, Perfect Pussy and Albert Hammond Jr.

There are a bunch of ticket options with music badges starting at $65.

Here’s the full list of shows.

4 Knots Village Voice Fest, July 12, South Street Seaport

The Village Voice 4 Knots Music Festival is back at the South Street Seaport this year. The one-day festival is again free and going from 1 to 8 p.m. This year’s lineup includes Marnie Stern, Kurt Vile and the Violators and Parquet Courts.

The Hudson Project, July 11-13, Saugerties, New York

The Hudson Project festival is bringing a diverse line-up to a picturesque farm near Saugerties. Kendrick Lamar will be headlining along with Modest Mouse and Flaming Lips. Also performing: Atmosphere, Cults, Dr. Dog and STS9.

You can also camp and check out large-scale art installations and workshops.

Three-day passes start at $199. There will be shuttle service from the nearest Amtrak station at Rhinecliff and Metro North station at Poughkeepsie. There will also be round-trip bus service from the city for $50.

Afro Punk Festival, Aug 23-24, Commodore Barry Park, Fort Greene

The annual Afro Punk Festival will be back in Fort Greene’s Commodore Barry Park the end of August. The lineup has yet to be announced, but you can already reserve your fast pass ticket for $25 to skip the admission lines.

Electric Zoo, Aug 29-31, Randall’s Island

The boisterous Electric Zoo music festival will be back on Randall’s Island this Labor Day Weekend. There will be additional security this year, including drug sniffing dogs, after two concert goers died from overdoses last year.

This year’s lineup features Dash Berlin, David Guetta and Kaskade. Three-day passes with ferry or bus service are $369.

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